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Dove Arising by Karen Bao Audiobook {2.5 Stars}

Dove Arising by Karen Bao is the story of a future where we’ve colonized the moon and science has taken over as the main pillar of society. Phaet has a bright future ahead of her in biology (engineering new crops :D) when a string of bad luck pulls everything apart. Fortunately there’s a cute boy to save the day and a corrupt government to overthrow. The narrator was pretty good though!

Note: I received an advanced audio copy of Dove Arising from the publisher. Audio influences my experience with the book.

Dove Arising by Karen Bao Audiobook {2.5 Stars}

Dove Arising by Karen Bao (Dove Chronicles #1)
Published by Viking Penguin on Feb. 24th 2015
Genres: Dystopia, YA
Page Length: 336 pages
How I got my copy: Publisher
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Phaet Theta has lived her whole life in a colony on the Moon. She’s barely spoken since her father died in an accident nine years ago. She cultivates the plants in Greenhouse 22, lets her best friend talk for her, and stays off the government’s radar.

Then her mother is arrested.

The only way to save her younger siblings from the degrading Shelter is by enlisting in the Militia, the faceless army that polices the Lunar bases and protects them from attacks by desperate Earth-dwellers. Training is brutal, but it’s where Phaet forms an uneasy but meaningful alliance with the preternaturally accomplished Wes, a fellow outsider.

Rank high, save her siblings, free her mom:  that’s the plan. Until Phaet’s logically ordered world begins to crumble...

2.5 Stars


  • I just love the idea of moon bases and Dove Arising paints a pretty cool picture of domes with various functions and passages between them. I don’t know if I want to ever live on a moon base though!
  • Dove Arising went a very different direction than I expected and I do like to be surprised generally ;-).
  • The narrator for Dove Arising was solid. She voiced Phaet accurately and did a good job with the various other characters.
  • Phaet isn’t your typical heroine and it was fun to get to know her. She doesn’t speak much and is quite the underdog at times, but she is clever and quick and willing to work darn hard.


  • Dove Arising strangely became exceedingly anti-science, even to the point of Phaet at one time saying that everything couldn’t be explained so there must be something more making things happen in a very preachy tone. UGH! Oh and the evil science-based government is evil.
  • Sadly, Dove Arising basically devolves into Hunger Games in space. There is a physical competition and Phaet has to be at the top. There is the boy from her childhood and the new boy she met. There is an evil government threatening her mother and sister…. yeah.
  • I hate it when a character is revealed to have lied a whole damn lot and the heroine decides to trust them anyway for no good reason other than the plot needs it to be so.
  • In case you didn’t catch it, LOVE TRIANGLE ALERT! And the annoying kind to boot! How will she ever decide???
  • At one point a character is revealed to have been faking their accent all along and the narrator tries to naturally slip into a different accent for them and it goes horribly badly for my ears.
  • There’s a pretty big cliff hanger though I didn’t really care by that point.


I really can’t recommend Dove Arising since I despise anti-science messages. Once it turned into a typical rebellion dystopian trope, it was clear that Dove Arising was not the cool sci-fi that the cover promises and just a disappointment. I can’t even say read it if you crave more dystopian because of how anti-science Dove Arising is…. I liked the first half a lot, but now I’m just done.

Anya from On Starships and Dragonwings

Have you read this one? What did you think? Are you excited for it if you haven’t gotten to it yet?
– Anya


 Dove Arising by Karen Bao

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  1. “anti-science”
    I live in Texas, I get enough of that. Bye bye off my wish list.
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    • Right?! I work in evolutionary biology and have to bang my head against idiots on a regular basis, I don’t want my reading to make me feel the same D:

  2. I’m a little intrigued to see something different from the usual anti-government and/or anti-religion, provided it reads like a developed character, not a sermon (and preferably includes multiple viewpoints and doesn’t oversimplify the issue and/or mindlessly disparage one side or the other), but love triangle… Nope. :) Thanks for the heads up!
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  3. Ew. I got quite excited when you started to describe the book, but if it turns into an anti-science message, no thank you. Reality isn’t that black and white, and truly, living in the Middle Ages wasn’t as fun as anti-science people make it out to be. Dove Arising doesn’t sound like anything I would enjoy. Great review, Anya (:


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